Donegal Town is County Donegal's gateway town. Its name translates from the Irish Dún na nGall as 'fort of the foreigners', the... more » foreigners here being the Vikings.
Donegal gave its name to County Donegal, although Lifford is now the county town. Until the early 1600s, Donegal was the 'capital' of Tír Chonaill, a túath controlled by the O'Donnell Clan of the Cenél Conail and their seat was Donegal Castle located in the centre of the town. Donegal sits at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay, and is surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains. These days, the town is bypassed by the N15 and N56 roads allowing you to enjoy this walk with relative peace away from traffic.
This guide will show you where the most important book on the history of early Ireland was written, where the Lords of the Fish ruled, where young boys were sold to farmers, where you can find natural pearls, where local tweed was turned into fine apparel and where the Black Pig used to stop off. We'll tell you of the town's connection with luminaries from Dickens to Napoleon, we'll show you where de Valera declared independence and where Van Morrison was sent packing. Audio content comes from Paddy Meehan and Patsy & Mairead McNulty with additional photography coming from Emmet McCauley.
This guide is one of the twelve guides available on the 'Donegal Town Guides', all available for free in one click of that bundled guide - simply click on the link to the Donegal Town Guides to get access to all twelve. Each guide will need to be individually downloaded from there, preferably with EveryTrail Pro for offline access.
We salute a time that may be long gone, but where the beauty and the serenity of the area remain intact. Welcome to a town from which to base yourself for hillwalking, golf, scenic drives, water sports and fine dining. Like the thousands of foreigners that have marveled at its many assets throughout history, we believe that you won't be disappointed with your choice of location. less «